Experiencing the torment of a label is difficult, especially if it is given to your whole family. In the memoir Red Scarf Girl, set in the time of the Cultural Revolution, being within the upper middle class was frowned upon and proletarians were seen as the leaders of society. The label of black class status tainted the bourgeoisie, including the Jiang family, with torture, ridicule, and incrimination by others influenced by the governmentally coercive ways of Communism.
The story “Two Kinds” is from the book The Joy Luck Club. The story mainly focuses on the relationships between mothers and daughters. Internal conflict means that it is a conflict a character has with his or her self. Throughout every storyline there is either an internal or external conflict. Two Kind by Amy Tan has a variation of both. Both Jing-mei and her mother faces each form of conflict and they are revealed throughout the story.
In the story, Jing-mei and her mother have tension due to the fact that the mother is trying to make sure her daughter has a better future than she did. Unfortunately, Jing-mei doesn’t quite understand her mother’s desire. One reason for this confusion is because Jing-mei is too stubborn to see her mom’s point of view. This can be seen on page five where Jing-mei refuses to play the piano presented to her in order to practice and develop her
Mao Zedong was born on December 26, 1893, in a peasant family in Shaoshan, central China. He was a Chinese communist Party leader from 1935 until his death in 1976, and he was a chairman of the People 's Republic of China, which he governed from its establishment in 1949 to 1959. Mao Zedong occupied a critical place in the story of the country’s resurgence. His motivations were to make China classless country and to promote the Cultural Revolution, he also wanted to make China great, modernized and strong country. Mao Zedong was a great leader because he changed China in a much better country by transforming it into a modern nation, strengthening the economy, and achieved gender equality.
In the short story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, writes about a relationship between Jing-Mei and her mother, and how external conflict can be developed even through the discussion of success. Jing-Mei mother wants the best for her daughter; her mother states that America is a place for dreams to come true, basically the American Dream. Jing-Mei rejects and dislikes her mother opinions about becoming a prodigy of someone famous in life. Even though Jing-Mei mother already planned her future. Jing-Mei didn't see the big picture as well as her mother, she wanted something different. As a matter of fact she didn't want to become famous, her mother was trying to change her daughter, but all Jing-mei wanted was to be her natural self. Amy Tan demonstrate
Satire is used in literature to criticize and point out society’s flaws. The criticism is usually masked in humour. Irony is commonly used in satires to expose flaws, an effective example is John Smith’s A Modest Proposal, he effectively uses irony, to communicate his argument about the poverty in Ireland at the time. Similarly, in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale she criticizes the society that women live in. Atwood uses allusions to the Old Testament, Cultural Revolution, Salem Witch Trials, and the Taliban to satirize the oppression of women in political, religious and social aspects.
Many characters through the story, ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, have faced situations to be courageous, shown through many different examples. Boo radley, Atticus, & Scout are the main characters that had to show courage continuously in the story.To be courageous means to be brave in situations that other people may not agree with but in your mind you know its right to say and/do something.
Showing courage is taking risks, knowing the outcome might not be what you want. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, courage is displayed by many characters. The importance of showing courage is letting the audience of the book know anyone can have courage. For example, Atticus was able to defend a black man, not knowing what people would to him. While Scout stands up for herself, having no idea how Aunt Alexandra will react.
Everyone says to always be yourself. But almost everyone has changed their character at some point. They try to be someone else. But why? People strive to find their true self, and ironically, that usually involves changing their identity. They become a repetition of someone else. Sometimes in literature, characters change their own character. In the short stories, ¨Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan, ¨Two Kinds¨ by Amy Tan, and ¨Papa's Parrot¨ by Cynthia Rylant, the characters learn about their identities through significant moments.
A novel that refers to an ancient China with different traditions and beliefs, uses a common farmer as the main character. The novel The Good Earth written by “Pearl S. Buck” occurs in early China, at a time there were still emperors. Their life styles were different in many varied aspects in comparison to our modern day life. Some examples of this unique culture are: the different women roles, the symbolism of land as power and how wealth affected their traditions.
China went through a devastating time period between the years 1911-1949. In 1911, the Communist Revolution had just begun, and then the Chinese along with the Americans support fought off Japan which continued into World War II. After Japan had begged for mercy, the civil war broke out in China. The civil war was one of the most violent catastrophes in Chinese history, lasting four brutal years from 1945-1949. The result of the civil war would impact the society of China forever.
One of the reasons why Lee changed the most was what she wore at the beginning of the book contrasting to what she wore at the end of the book. In the beginning Lee wore a lot of clothing that made a statement, usually not very mainstream. For example: “Trick or treat. It was only the
The theme of survival means to live even if there are many difficult obstacles ahead you have to face such as extreme temperatures and family members dying/leaving you. In this book, Ji-Li Jiang (main character) has to live in China while Chairman Mao starts the ‘Cultural Revolution’. He changes the laws and rules which makes Ji-li’s life more difficult. Also, her dad is arrested, leaving her moderately depressed, and she doesn't have a chance to become as successful because of the new revolution (Ji-Li has a black family history).
“Two Kinds,” by Amy Tan, essentially revolves around the struggle of Jing Mei and her constant conflict with her mother. Throughout her life, she is forced into living a life that is not hers, but rather her mom’s vision of a perfect child; because her mother lost everything, which included her parents and kids, so her only hope was through Jing Mei. Jing Mei’s mom watches TV shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show, which gives her inspiration that her daughter should be like the people and actors. First her mom saw how on the television a three-year-old boy can name all the capitals of the states and foreign countries and would even pronounce it correctly. Her mom would quiz Jing Mei on capitals of certain places, only to discover that she would
Mao Zedong was a Chinese communist leader and is the founder of the People’s Republic of China. Mao was born on the 26th of December 1893 into a poor peasant family in Shaoshan, in Hunan province, which is a province in central China. After becoming a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921, Mao has greatly influenced and shaped China into what it is today. He is regarded as one of the most controversial leaders of the twentieth century as a result of the widespread impacts and hardships that the Chinese people had to endure as a result of his policies and reformations. Firstly, the impacts and effects of the Great Leap Forward, which turned out to be a disaster, killing between 20-40 million people and ironically sending China backwards. Secondly, the Cultural Revolution and the chaos and disaster this had on the Chinese population, especially through the “Down to the Countryside movement” and finally, the Cult of Mao and what the idolisation and glorification of Mao meant for the future of China.